Do you keep a bucket list?
It's one of the ways we keep track of our dreams in my program Celebrate You.
Growing up I was pretty sure I couldn't sing. Sure, I could hold a note on key, but my voice never sounded like a singing voice to me. I woke up with a desire to sing after a conversation with a friend's father, a well-known opera singer. He said that in his experience, anyone could be trained to sing, and he said it with such confidence that I believed him. I tucked that seed of hope into my heart and waited for the right time. Three years ago it sprouted onto my bucket list.
There it was, #34 on my 2014 Bucket List: Singing Lessons.
It was scary to write down. I couldn't imagine actually doing it.
And I didn't.
I re-evaluated that list in 2015. Do I write it again? Am I still drawn toward it? Yes.
Same process in 2016. It made the list a third time. Not many things stick around that long--either I do them or I lost interest in doing them and they disappear.
Singing lessons started to feel important. I started paying attention to coincidences and synchronicities. I collected names of recommended singing teachers. One day when I was feeling brave, I contacted my top pick and we set up a time to get started. Over time my confidence while singing improved. Singing in front of others is still scary as hell, but guess what--I do it!
Here's what I did not see coming:
Singing lessons have been a metaphor for finding my voice in other ways.
Seriously! Expressing myself through song, by opening my mouth and feeling vulnerable, yet still sharing my voice, is empowering me to be brave and speak up in other ways.
I am willing to be heard and willing to be judged.
Who knew that's where singing lessons would lead...
What's been on your bucket list for awhile?
What are you waiting for? I dare you to take a tiny step toward it...